Nikola Broadband is kicking it up a notch

Nikola Wireless, a division of Sequim's Nikola Engineering, is continuing to roll out its new Wi-Max service, providing superior Internet connections to those from east Port Angeles to Sequim Bay.

The new service improves on older technologies by offering higher speeds and a "business class quality of service," said Nikola co-owner Robert Zeff.

While many wireless Internet connections use a 2.4 gigahertz frequency to communicate, that area of the spectrum is crowded because it's shared by Bluetooth equipment, baby monitors, cordless phones and more.

Wi-Max uses a Federal Communications Commission-licensed portion of the spectrum. "The noise floor is lower," Zeff said. He also notes Wi-Max was improved by "lots of testing," ensuring it's fast and reliable. With Wi-Max, Nikola provides speeds up to 6 mbps.

The company now has 11 tower locations, with a total of 30 "access points." Customers hook up to these access points via a small exterior antenna mounted on their home or business.

While the service is available to virtually everyone within the Sequim city limits, Nikola's Matthew Lawson says the first step is to have Nikola techs do a test at your home or business to ensure you can receive and transmit signals to one of the access points. Nikola has the technology to pump the communications through foliage, but hills are a different challenge altogether. Lawson said the test is a free service.

In addition to providing wireless connectivity, Nikola provides fiber connections in appropriate areas.

Nikola Engineering also designs electronic equipment for car audio, wireless remote data collection, security and industrial control systems. For more information, call 582-1051 or drop by the store between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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